His Cheeseburger Christians

His Cheeseburger Christians

Devotional Thoughts
There is an old VeggiTales song that starts out by saying, “And not it’s time for Love Songs with Mr. Lunt” and then proceeds to sing about the deep love that Mr. Lunt has for “His Cheeseburger.” It is silly fun and not really trying to make any deep philosophical points, but I have always had a problem with the song. The thing is it is a really terrible love song. It is a funny, fun song that makes you smile, but it is the exact opposite of a love song.   Let me explain, and hopefully you will see why it matters. You see in the first verse we discover that the cheeseburger of his desire is out of reach to him because the restaurant is closed. At this…
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I Want Them All

I Want Them All

Devotional Thoughts, Youth Pastoring
Luke 14:23 (NIV) “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. An evangelist who came to our church when I was a youth would read this verse before he sent us out in cars to bring people to church. He would add a little to the end each time he would say "till my house is full and sloshing over." It was a long time before I realized that wasn't part of the actual verse, but the idea has stuck with me. We are getting ready for Youth VBS. It starts on Sunday and runs through Thursday and it is a whirlwind of activity, singing, and Bible study. There are always…
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SHINE

SHINE

Devotional Thoughts, Spiritual Ideas
The power was out at my house for about 16 hours earlier this week. Sitting there in the dark I started think about how much being in the dark makes everything different. Sitting in the dark makes everything different. Probably the biggest thing for me is how much even small lights can make a room livable. You can go from so dark that you can’t see anything and are bumping your head on things to a room that is navigable with just the smallest amount of light. We are supposed to be the light, we are supposed to glow where the light meets the dark. The problem is that we spend all of our time in the light and we forget that we are actually able to glow and light…
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What I Can Change

What I Can Change

Cool Stuff, Spiritual Ideas
I have recently gotten into reading Twitter in the morning. It isn't a good place for me to be, for sure because after I read it I spend my whole shower trying to think of what I can shout into the void to stop the madness. It seems like Twitter has become an old school mob that is almost literally tarring and feathering people and then celebrating when they are run out of town. Into that void there are a few voices on both sides trying to speak calmly and have a real discourse, but most of the people are just trying to shout and shame anyone who has ever made a mistake or who doesn't agree with you. So I sit in the shower and try to figure out…
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Senior Adults are vital to Youth Ministry

Senior Adults are vital to Youth Ministry

Articles
I wrote this article a long time ago and just recently found it again. So this isn't about my current church, but I thought the stuff is still relevant so I figured I would post it.  Senior Adults Important to Student Minstry? Up until a couple of years ago when I get together with my youth pastor friends one of the common topics of discussion is how the church just “doesn’t get” what the youth ministry is doing. We would say things like, “Can you imagine what would happen if we tried that in big church?” and “That would get me fired for sure.” We complained that our churches weren’t forward thinking enough and that no one wanted to change. And like most youth pastors most of our criticism fell…
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